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Honesdale, Pittston Area move up

Honesdale won a division title while Pittston Area remained in contention for one.

Both were perfect during hectic weeks to move up in the latest Riverfront Sports Super Six Softball Power Rankings of District 2 teams, which were released Wednesday afternoon.

Honesdale won all four of its games, taking over first place and then clinching the Lackawanna League Division 2 title. The Lady Hornets climbed one position to third among Big Schools, the category for Class 6A, 5A and 4A teams.

Pittston Area won five times, keeping alive hopes of a Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 title and picking up one spot to fourth in the rankings.

While Abington Heights and Holy Redeemer held on to the top positions, Berwick and Old Forge moved into the rankings this week.

Abington Heights, the No. 1 Big School, won three games and clinched the Lackawanna Division 1 championship.

WVC Division 1 leader Tunkhannock won its only game and remained in second.

Berwick scored 50 runs while winning three times. The Lady Bulldogs have won eight of their last nine games with the only loss coming 1-0 to Tunkhannock. They are new to the rankings, coming in as the No. 5 team.

Hazleton Area split its two games, losing to Pittston Area, and remained in sixth.

Holy Redeemer won its two games and the WVC Division 2 championship, remaining No. 1 among Small Schools with a district-high 18 wins to go along with just one loss.

Mid Valley, Holy Cross, Elk Lake and Lake-Lehman remained in second through fifth.

Mid Valley went 3-1, not losing until after clinching its Lackawanna Division 3 title.

Holy Cross won twice.

Elk Lake, the district’s only unbeaten team, won six times to improve to 15-0. Along the way, it outscored opponents 78-11 and clinched the Lackawanna Division 4 title.

Lake-Lehman split two games.

Old Forge regained the sixth spot that it lost a week earlier by winning all three of its game.

Big School North Pocono and Small School Dunmore dropped out of the rankings. North Pocono, the former No. 3, went 1-3 with all the losses coming against ranked teams. Dunmore, which was sixth, lost twice, including once to an unranked opponent.

The full softball rankings, with previous ranking and record through Tuesday, for each team:


Big Schools

1Abington Heights114-1
4Pittston Area511-3
6Hazleton Area612-7

Small Schools

1Holy Redeemer118-1
2Mid Valley216-2
3Holy Cross311-5
4Elk Lake415-0
6Old ForgeNR12-5

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